Senators Marco Rubio (R – FL) and Bob Menendez (D – NJ) have introduced a reauthorization of the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act that passed in 2014 and was then reauthorized in 2016. The bill led to targeted sanctions on the regime of current Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. The reauthorization would … Continue reading “Even While Guaido Faces Yet Another Scandal, US Moves to Reauthorize Sanctions”
The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing in the The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday at which prosecutors and Afghan torture victims are attempting to convince the court to overturn a previous decision to refuse to investigate war crimes committed by Taliban, Afghan government and US forces. (Un)Folding Under Pressure In April, the ICC … Continue reading “ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture”
Militiamen joined protesters in Baghdad, but may have also stabbed them.
Najaf police released their internal casualty figures for the last 10 days.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) released a report on November 21st titled "Russia’s Dead-End Diplomacy in Syria." The report focuses on Russia’s role in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and calls for the U.S. to maintain a presence in Syria. The ISW presents itself as a "non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization." … Continue reading “The Think Tank Dedicated To Keeping the US in the Syria Quagmire”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Many men do monstrous things. And some men are very nearly monsters, capable of killing without compunction or remorse. In the everyday civilian world, we generally seek to lock them up. In war, they have a chance to fully flower. And if they serve in militaries that fight serial conflicts where … Continue reading “Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts”
In early November, French president Emmanuel Macron complained that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is experiencing “brain death” as its member states go their own ways, with “no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making.” US president Donald Trump’s reply: “Nobody needs NATO more than France.” The two continued their duel over NATO’s future at an … Continue reading “NATO Is a Brain Dead, Obsolete, Rabid Dog. Euthanize It.”
The three smartest words that Donald Trump uttered during his presidential campaign are “NATO is obsolete.” His adversary, Hillary Clinton, retorted that NATO was “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world.” Now that Trump has been in power, the White House parrots the same worn line that NATO is “the most successful … Continue reading “Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete”
The 50-year US war on drugs has been a total failure, with hundreds of billions of dollars flushed down the drain and our civil liberties whittled away fighting a war that cannot be won. The 20 year “war on terror” has likewise been a gigantic US government disaster: hundreds of billions wasted, civil liberties scorched, … Continue reading “Trump’s Plan To Fight a Terror War Against the Cartels”
At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests – to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China for trial – had been withdrawn. And though the protesters’ demands escalated … Continue reading “In Hong Kong, It’s US vs. China Now”